A God in Ruins (Todd Series, Book 2) by Kate Atkinson

By Kate Atkinson

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In Life After Life Ursula Todd lived during the turbulent occasions of the final century many times. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her specialise in Ursula’s cherished more youthful brother Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father – as he navigates the perils and growth of the 20 th century. For all Teddy endures in conflict, his maximum problem should be to stand dwelling in a destiny he by no means anticipated to have.

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There she conducted several neutrality patrols before US entry into the war. At the start of the war only three carriers remained in the Pacific to face the Japanese onslaught, so it was quickly decided to move Yorktown back into the Pacific. Yorktown’s first combat action came on February 1, 1942 during raids on Japanese facilities in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands. Damage to the Japanese was light. On February 14, Yorktown headed south from Pearl Harbor for the Coral Sea. Together with Lexington, 52 Yorktown aircraft attacked Japanese shipping at Lae and Salamaua on March 10, bagging a disappointing three transports.

Machine guns were fitted on the gallery deck. Service modifications Prior to the war, these ships were not extensively modified as they already carried what was believed to be an adequate antiaircraft suite, and in any event they could not be spared from service for an extensive refit. However, during wartime, many modifications were carried out whenever conditions permitted work to be done. Under wartime conditions, the hangar deck catapults were seldom used. com 35 were removed in June 1942 while Yorktown was sunk with hers onboard.

Gone are the large 8in gunhouses, replaced by 5in/38 dual turrets. Saratoga was the only prewar carrier to receive this weapon. The earlier 5in/25 mounts have been replaced by single 5in/38 mounts. Prewar machine guns have been replaced by a profusion of 20mm and 40mm guns, most located along the gallery deck. The island has been modified and is now topped with a Mark 37 Director with a Mark 4 radar; a second Mark 37 is located aft of the stack. Her radar fit now includes a CXAM-1 on the forward edge of the stack and an SC on a sponson aft of the stack.

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